Updated: June 4, 2014
Applies To: Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2, Microsoft HPC Pack 2012, Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 R2
An Azure node template provides settings to configure the Azure role instances that will be added as Azure nodes to the HPC cluster. Starting with HPC Pack 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1, HPC Pack supports the addition of worker role instances, which run a guest operating system that is substantially similar to Windows Server.
After you add the nodes to the cluster and provision them in Azure, you can use the Azure nodes to run many of the applications and jobs that can run in an on-premises Windows HPC cluster.
For more information about adding Azure nodes to your HPC cluster, see Burst to Azure with Microsoft HPC Pack in the Microsoft TechNet Library.
The following table indicates the support in HPC Pack for the Windows Server guest operating system on Azure worker role instances. Starting n HPC Pack 2012, you can choose one of the supported operating systems to run on the worker nodes. In HPC Pack 2008 R2, the supported operating system is installed by default.
Version of HPC Pack
Guest operating system
HPC Pack 2012 R2
HPC Pack 2012
HPC Pack 2008 R2 (with at least SP1)
For more information about Azure guest operating systems, see Azure Guest OS Releases and SDK Compatibility Matrix.
Starting with HPC Pack 2012, you can optionally configure the node template to mount a durable VHD file (an Azure drive) on each Azure worker node. For more information, see Mount an Application VHD on Azure Worker Nodes.